“After ten years”
Land rights are still a misery in the Tehri Dam displacement regions. Since 1978 to present, The Tehri Dam affected people are struggling for the basic amenities like electricity, water, health services, educational facilities, bank, even the post offices and fencing to protect the agricultural crops from animals. Only 40% of Old Tehri city has settled in New Tehri city, the people of city having retaining walls and stairs has been suffering from ankle’s pain and respiratory diseases. The promises of free electricity made by the immediate energy minister at the time of inauguration of the Dam on 29th July, 2005, have also remained as only promises for the people.
It has been 10 years since the inauguration of Tehri Dam and the lake of the Dam is already filled with sand on a dangerous level. Along with this, 40 villages around the lake are subsiding due to the lake of Tehri Dam. Whereas THDCIL, the Dam Company is considering them affected by natural disasters, and not by the Tehri Dam reservoir.
Due to incomplete rehabilitation, cases of N. D. Juyal, Shekhar Singh Vs. Union of India and others, and Kishor Upadhyay Vs. Union of India, Hon’ble Supreme Court has already prohibits from filling the reservoir fully. This also tells that finishing the Dam was only a stubbornness, due to which important conditions of Pari-Pasu was not followed in which rehabilitation work and engineering works of Dam should be happening together.
It was claimed to generate 1000MW of electricity Tehri dam but that also have never achieved. Here the question is also rising as where the money of 12% free electricity which was meant for state government has gone? According to the policy of Central Energy Ministry, this money should be spending on Dam displaced people and to solve the environmental issues.
After the dam construction, in 2010, the water was almost set to cross over the dam height. At that time also this was proved that the survey line of reservoir was wrong. Oustees recognise in new serve they were not rehabilitated till now. Corruption in rehabilitation is very level. In the recent past government give river land to the oustess. This has stopped only after when this news came out.
This again prove that in development people from river valley does not have place and devastation of environment and corruption is in full swing. Displacement begun in 1978 and electricity generation starts since 10 years but till now problems of oustees not solved.
What ex-prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi said after her Tehri visit in 1978 that this dam will give profit only to contractors and capitalist has proved.
After 10 years of commissioning the Tehri dam will the central government who is chanting ‘’ Namami Ganga’’ and state government will think over this situation?
Vimalbhai, Puransingh Rana